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Apr 6, 2007 08:20 PM

Great Burgers in Long Beach

This is about my favorite burger that I have ever had at any place. It is a true “Hand made” Home-style burger like the ones my Uncle Bob use to make for summer gatherings in his backyard and it is to be had only at the Egg Heaven Café down in Long Beach. First, I have been to the Apple Pan and love their outrageously and unreasonably priced burgers and friendly counter people. I am unimpressed with Pie N Burger in Pasadena because of the price and service. For what it is worth I have enjoyed burgers at Bartley's Burger cottage and O'Sullivan's and Sons in Boston, and my Chicago favorite burger at Wieners Circle. In my opinion Egg Heaven Café is better! Taste, proportion of cooked surface to inside meat, size, bun, and price – about $5.50 to $7.50 depending on plain, cheese, chilli, bacon.... I recommend cheese or cheese and bacon. This burger also comes with a side included. I thought the chilli took away from the great taste of the burger meat and seasonings. The lettuce was fresh, green and crisp. The tomato was also fresh. The burger was maybe ½" to 5/8 “ thick and very large hanging out of the large fresh bun. Now, I have been eating breakfest here a few times over the last few weeks and finally today tried the burger. The breakfast dishes are mostly outstanding but this burger is also.

Just a little non-pretentious place with real people eating there and working the counter. The place has long counter with chairs, several booths and one table. Saturday and Sunday morning is a wait after you sign your name on the list at the door, but well worth the wait. They have special breakfast potatoes they call Super Browns, the “Blue Stack” (Blue berry pancakes) are a must try as is the “Built oatmeal.” The sausage links are outstanding. They have about thirty different omelettes including ten veggie omelettes. Maybe try the burger patty with eggs? That must be the best in L.A.!

On the down side? Well, I really do not like saying anything negative about this place but hey, since everything else is so superior to most other places I was let down with two items so far – biscuits & gravy and the Hash (canned).

Also, I think they close early and only offer breakfast and lunch – no dinner. So if you want to go after lunch time maybe call to be sure they are open.

CASH ONLY -- no cards

Egg Heaven Cafe.
4358 East 4th St. (Corner of East 4th and Ximeno St.)
Long Beach, CA
(562) 433-9277

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    1. re: Burger Boy

      American Kobe beef burgers, not hand formed. Better at lunch time. I have had it for dinner and the meat was always overcooked. But the management is really responsive. I told them my plight after I had finished, b/c she asked. She said to let them know and they would redo it for me. Also, the veggies are organic and the to go box is made of recylcled materials. They also use organic ketchup. They have a daily special that varies. On Friday's it is often the fish tacos and I notice that is what most people eat that day. They look great and I will be trying those very soon. Lastly, they have a breakfast burritos, called The Bomb, and it is, very big and yummy. Can not finish one on my own.

    2. For regular chain, Hof's Hut has some really good burgers, I think.

      1. I would also add that Egg Heaven, being very small, is PACKED for an hour + wait during breakfast hours, on weekends.
        For a better burger, I'd suggest you go a little farther north to Big Mike's.

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        1. re: SoCalMuncher

          Big Mike's? How much furhter north? Are you talking about the place that makes great philly steaks?

          1. re: Like go grinz

            He's probably referring to the burger place in San Pedro called Big Mike's.

            655 W 7th St
            San Pedro

            1. re: tony michaels

              I am sad to report Big Mike's in San Pedro is no longer open :(

              1. re: Ernie

                Sorry to hear that. How long ago did they go under?

                1. re: tony michaels

                  My last visit was about 2 months ago so fairly recently

        2. i agree about pie 'n' burger. but if you like egg heaven, you'll absolutely love bake 'n' broil. be sure to get one of their great shakes while you're at it, and then a piece of pie to finish.

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          1. re: FED

            I love the burgers and pie at Bake N Broil. Can't wait for apricot pie season!

          2. If you want a beer with that Burger. Try 49r on 7th by the college, or Thirsty Isle on Carson and Lakewood for their patty melt.

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            1. re: wilp

              OK, Bake N Broil and the 49r sound good for either a shake or beer with a burger. But the original post was about a REAL HAND-MADE Burger, like, ah, ok -- I got it, as you eat this perfect burger you will be reaching for the chuncks that fall off onto the plate which only happens with a home style hand-made burger and never with a machine pressed clone patty. Part of eating a good burger (beyond the visual, olfactory and gustation pleasure) is the tactile, "eating with your hands." So when those juicy chunks fall onto your plate at Egg Heaven do not use your fork to pick them up. Use your fingers and lick them clean -- no pride!

              Egg Heaven Cafe.
              4358 East 4th St. (Corner of East 4th and Ximeno St.)
              Long Beach, CA
              (562) 433-9277

              1. re: Like go grinz

                Yum, gotta try this place soon! I think Bake 'N Broil's patties are hand-formed too and just the right size, i.e., not too big or too small with quality bun, lettuce, tomato, dressing, etc.

                A cheeseburger with grilled onions from either place sounds so good right now!